Derek Wiley
The Bulletin

Dating back to 1905 and a PGA Tour event in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the ­Oregon Open Invitational this year will be held June 18-20 at Pronghorn Resort in Bend.

“We’ve really tried to start opening our doors to a few of these types of events,” said Pronghorn’s director of golf, Jerrel Grow, noting the resort hosted U.S. Open local qualifiers in 2016 and 2017. “The PGA (Pacific Northwest) section does a good job making sure they pick the right venue for the right tournaments. It means a lot to us because it’s saying that our courses match up with what they would expect from one of their championship-caliber events.”

While Grow said Pronghorn has typically showcased its Jack Nicklaus course, the finals of the Oregon Open will be held on the Tom Fazio course.

“This will be the first time that we’re able to show off the Fazio golf course in an arena like that,” Grow said. “We’re excited about it. The Nicklaus course has always been the one that we leaned to. We’ll see how the Fazio course holds up.”

The Oregon Open features teams of professional and amateur golfers competing in 36 holes of team competition as well as in a 54-hole individual stroke-play tournament. The field is cut to the low 70 players following the second round of the individual competition.

The invitational will also give Pronghorn the opportunity to show off its new Huntington Lodge.

“We thought this was a perfect multiday event,” Grow said. “We’re hoping people want to come and stay on property and enjoy the whole event for a few days.”

67th Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Championship

Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond will host the Oregon Golf Association Men’s Stroke Play Championship on its Ridge Course Aug. 2-4.

“It’s a great tournament, all the best amateur players in the state of Oregon,” said Eagle Crest director of golf Ron Buerger.

Entries are open to amateur golfers with USGA handicap indexes of 5.0 and less, and to seniors with handicaps of 10.0 or less.

The 54-hole stroke-play competition will be cut to the low half of the field and ties in each division after two rounds of play.

OGA Tour Championship

The OGA will wrap up its 2019 season in Central Oregon.

The 10th annual OGA Tour Championship is scheduled for Oct. 5-6 at Tetherow Golf Club in Bend.

The Tour Championship is an invitation-only event based on the season points leaders — the top 20 players in the individual series and top 10 partners.

“It’s a big season-ending event and it’s really fun so we try to find venues that are going to be really attractive,” said Brent Whittaker, OGA director of tournament operations. “Just the mystique of Tetherow. It’s a hard golf course. It’s known for that. It’s exclusive. It’s got a lot of cachet in the Northwest for being one of the top courses in the area.”

Whittaker said between 600 and 700 players will compete on the OGA tour over the course of the season trying to qualify for the championship, which will consist of 36 holes over the two days with individual stroke play in the individual series and four-ball play for partners.

“It’s a cool opportunity to showcase the golf course for a bunch of amateur players,” said Jake Edwards, Tetherow’s director of golf. “We’re looking forward to having some great amateur players from all over Oregon. It will be a good test for the golfers. It should be a great event. The course should be in great shape. We’ll have it set up for optimum tournament play.”

Pacific Amateur Classic

Two hundred golfers from more than 20 states are expected to participate in the 23rd annual Pacific Amateur Classic, scheduled Sept. 22-26 at Sunriver Resort.

The event begins Sept. 22 with a Par 3 Challenge on the Caldera Springs Golf Course. Golfers will then compete in the three-day, 54-hole, stroke-play tournament at all three 18-hole Sunriver courses: Crosswater, Meadows and Woodlands. The PacAm offers divisions for golfers of every skill level including an open/gross division for golfers without handicaps, multiple competitive net divisions separated by age and gender, and a noncompetitive division. The top four finalists in each flight tee it up on Sept. 26 at Crosswater to determine flight champions as well as the overall Pacific Amateur Golf Classic champion.

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